The Dakin Humane Society hosts the first annual Will Run For Cookies 5k Run / 2k Walk

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WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) – The Dakin Humane Society held its first-ever Will Run For Cookies 5k Run / 2k Walk at Stanley Park in Westfield on Sunday morning.

Over 200 participants and some of their furry friends crossed the finish line for the inaugural year of the Will Run For Cookies 5k/2k Walk.

“We wanted to come up with a fun combination that would get people and dogs running, and what could be better than offering cookies?” said Dakin Community Engagement Manager Kaitlyn Holloway.

She told Western Mass News that proceeds from the race will go to programs run by the organization.

“We use the funds for our programs, like the Pet Food Assistance Program, as well as neutering and neutering services,” Holloway explained.

We caught up with some of the attendees, including Dakin’s board chair, Tiffany Appleton, who rescued her chihuahua from the organization.

“Dakin is a wonderful organization that helps people and animals stay together,” Appleton said, “and anything I can do to further this cause, I’m all for.”

Meanwhile, mom and daughter duo Cherie and Emmalia Rousseau told us they ran with their two daughters Gretta and Winnie. It was the first time their dogs had participated in a 5K.

“We are very proud of these girls,” Cherie said. “They worked very hard and they didn’t give up.”

“It was amazing,” Emmalia added. “I’m really proud of myself and the dogs.”

Cherie said the mission of the organization is close to their hearts.

“We’re all about animal rescue,” she told us. “All of our pets were rescued, so this is a great opportunity to give back.”

Holloway said the organization plans to make it a springtime tradition.

“We’re having a really good time, and it seems like everyone is having fun,” she told us. “It’s a very dog-friendly park, so we think we’ll do it again.”

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